Apply for Financial Aid
With the start of the New Year, it’s time to apply for financial aid. You must complete a new financial aid application each year, and the 2016-17 FAFSA is now available at www.fafsa.gov. NC State has a priority-filing deadline of MARCH 1. Don’t delay! You may miss out on scholarship and grant support if you submit your FAFSA after March 1. FAFSA Day is February 20, 2016!
To get started, visit www.fafsa.gov. The federal government has made some significant changes that make filing the FAFSA simple. You will have the option to import answers to many FAFSA questions directly from data that you submitted to the IRS. This IRS Data Retrieval is also critically important for students who are selected for verification. If you’re selected for verification and you filed your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval, you’ll find the process far simpler and faster than ever before. So it is to your advantage to file your taxes first and then file your FAFSA.
Your patience is appreciated during our busiest periods in March/April and the start of semesters.
While our traditional timeline for updating documents as received is within 2 to 3 business days, it may take several days to note your mailed, emailed, or faxed documents as received. Please do not submit your documents multiple times as this unnecessarily adds to the volume to review. As a reminder, a copy of your federal tax return does not satisfy the requirement for a Federal tax transcript or IRS data retrieval.
Rather than calling to confirm receipt of your document(s), we kindly request that you wait and check your MyPack Portal after 10 business days of submission. Once all requested documents have been received, you will receive a confirmation email.
Sign up for direct deposit to receive your refunds faster! Students who have not signed up for Direct Deposit will receive a paper check in 1-2 weeks. Please consider signing up for direct deposit to expedite your refund.
Financial Aid Availability
We understand how difficult paying for college can be, and we want to be a resource to help you understand your options. We are happy to discuss borrowing and the types of loans that are available, as well as direct you to outside scholarship resources you may wish to pursue. While the weeks prior to the start of the semester are our busiest time, we invite you to contact your financial aid counselor if you have questions. We appreciate your patience as we work to help the record number of you who are seeking financial assistance.
Disbursement of Aid
Questions about when you will receive the aid you’ve been offered? Trying to determine how much you owe? Please visit our Billing Basics site for all you need to know to understand how your financial aid works to pay your charges.